© 2024 Ideastream Public Media

1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 916-6100 | (877) 399-3307

WKSU is a public media service licensed to Kent State University and operated by Ideastream Public Media.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
2020 is looking to be a pivotal year in politics. But this year's elections are about much more than the race for the White House. And the coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a complicating factor. WKSU, our colleagues at public radio stations across Ohio and the region and at NPR will bring you coverage of all the races from the national to the local level.

Columbus Protesters Show Solidarity with States Still Counting Votes

Debera Diggs from the South Side of Columbus came out to protest for a free and fair election.
Paige Pfleger
Debera Diggs from the South Side of Columbus came out to protest for a free and fair election.

More than 100 people took to the streets of downtown Columbus Wednesday night to stand in solidarity with states that are still counting ballots. 

Donald Trump won Ohio on election night, and during an address he called for votes to stop being counted in other states around the country.

Protestors in Columbus on Wednesday were not contesting the state’s election results – instead, they were contesting Trump’s remarks. 

"Count the votes, all the votes," they chanted. 

Protestor Debera Diggs from Columbus’ South Side was one of many carrying a sign that said “Count Every Vote.”

"I think it’s important for everyone to come out and be supportive of every vote being counted," Diggs says. "I think everyone needs to understand that their vote is their voice."

The protestors were also advocating for free and fair elections and a peaceful transition of power, as well as issues like immigration, health care and criminal justice.

Diggs and other protestors said they were celebrating victories for criminal justice reform in Columbus, including a the approval of the Columbus Police Civilian Review Board and a Democratic Franklin County prosecutor

While there was heavy police presence, there were no clashes between them and protestors who took to the streets. Protestors disbanded about two-and-a half hours after they began the rally, and have plans to reconvene on Saturday. 

Copyright 2020 WOSU 89.7 NPR News. To see more, visit WOSU 89.7 NPR News.

Paige Pfleger is a reporter for WOSU, Central Ohio's NPR station. Before joining the staff of WOSU, Paige worked in the newsrooms of NPR, Vox, Michigan Radio, WHYY and The Tennessean. She spent three years in Philadelphia covering health, science, and gender, and her work has appeared nationally in The Washington Post, Marketplace, Atlas Obscura and more.